Bob and Rita Kasinow are currently in the middle of a trip of a lifetime. Last year at Equestricon, horse racing’s first and only international fan convention, trade show, and festival, the Kasinows won a trip to Australia. But the Equestricon prize was more than just a few days of vacation in Sydney; it included a weeklong experience at Bondi Beach during The Championships at Royal Randwick where the great racemare Winx will make her final career start this week. Bob has been blogging about his experiences in Australia and has checked in with an update.
Activities are picking up in Sydney. It was an early Wednesday morning here — we’re 14 hours ahead of the East Coast of the United States. Our first stop was to Canterbury Park racecourse (they have one here too!) and it included a few interviews with the connections of the horses before Saturday’s The Championships at Randwick.
I got to listen in on Sir Mark Todd, the trainer of He’s Eminent, along with jockey James McDonald. He’s Eminent will compete against Winx in the Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes. We heard that the horse is expected to be on or near the lead early on. The team behind He’s Eminent say they’ll let the race transpire from there and they expect a good effort. They like that the turf will firm up a bit from recently being soft. They also acknowledged that the race is “a big mountain to climb” with Winx involved. McDonald added a bit of humor saying he is used to a view of Winx’s backside!
Below are some pictures that I was able to capture today, including an interview with jockey Kerrin McEvoy talking about Dubhe, the favorite in the Schweppes Sydney Cup. That’s one of four Group 1 stakes that make up a stellar card at Royal Randwick on Saturday.
Follow Bob and Rita on their adventure in Australia through Bob’s Twitter account: @BobKaz0513